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150 BNP, Jamaat men arrested

Edit Date:9/23/2011 12:00:00 AM



The police in overnight raids arrested more than 150 leaders and activists of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami across the country the day before today’s general strike on Tuesday.

The lawmen had arrested more than 700 leaders and activists of the BNP and Jamaat since Monday’s violent clashes between Jamaat activists and the police.

More than 15,000, including 3,000 Rapid Action Battalion personnel, have been deployed in and around Dhaka to tackle any chaos before and during the general strike, according to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

The Dhaka district administration has set up 10 mobile courts as it did during the general strikes called by the BNP and its allies in the past ‘to save the lives and property during strike hours.’

the Dhaka Metropolitan Police held a meeting in its headquarters with the city police commissioner, Benajir Ahmed, in the chair.

Sources attending the meeting said that the city police commissioner had directed the police officers to remain vigil to tackle any attempt at creating chaos in the name of general strike.

The battalion also started patrolling the city streets on Wednesday evening.

The BNP and its allies on Tuesday announced the countrywide daylong general strike for today in protest at the government’s ‘unilateral’ and ‘undemocratic’ decision on the increase in prices of fuel oils that heightened public sufferings. 

A huge contingent of policemen had stood

guard in front of the BNP’s central office at Naya Paltan since Wednesday evening.

The BNP earlier held a rally in front of its central office in support of today’s strike.  Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal later burnt the truck used as dais for the rally and damaged a car.

The home minister, Sahara Khatun, on Wednesday said that they would conduct mobile courts on the roads to stave off violence during the strike hours.

The police also foiled processions in different parts of the country, according to reports reaching from districts.

The New Age correspondent in Khulna said that the police had arrested 31 BNP leaders and activists at separate processions and rallies in the city on Wednesday.

The correspondent in Faridpur said that Chhatra League men foiled a rally of the BNP.

Seven activists of the BNP and Jamaat were arrested at places in Sirajganj, the New Age correspondent said.

The correspondent in Magura said that the police in a raid arrested four activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal at places in the town on Tuesday night.

The Chapainawabganj correspondent said

that police had arrested

14 activists of Jamaat and the BNP at the district headquarters, Shibganj and Nachole.

The Pabna correspondent said that the lawmen had arrested 12 leaders of Jamaat and Shibir at places in the district on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Mobile courts set up by the Awami League-

led government on June 11 on the eve of a 36-hour general strike, enforced by the opposition parties, on the first day sentenced at least 52 leaders and activists of the BNP and its allies to varying terms in jail.

The mobile courts, which remained active throughout the 36-hour countrywide strike that ended on June 13, sentenced more than 100 opposition leaders and activists.

During a two-day general strike that ended on July 7, mobile courts that were in operation jailed 12 people in Dhaka for their suspected involvement in picketing.

The government came to be criticised by

rights groups and lawyers for conducting mobile courts which sentenced people on the spot denying the opposition leaders and activists the right to right to self defence in gross violation of the constitution.



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